Preparations afoot for Pahela Baishakh 1426

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 03,2019 | Updated: 23:17, Apr 02,2019


Students work on paper masks. — Sourav Lasker

Preparations for celebrating the country’s biggest cultural festival, Pahela Baishakh 1426 – the Bengali New Year—are under way at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar, will be celebrated across the country on April 14.
This year, the 21st batch of Dhaka University Fine Arts Faulty is organising the main programme of Pahela Baishakh—‘Mangal Shobha Jatra.’ The students will be raising funds for the upcoming procession by selling paintings, potteries, masks and others made by the teachers and students of FFA till April 13.
FFA students have been organising Mangal Shobha Jatra since 1989. The colourful procession, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in
2016, has become a signature event of Pahela Baishakh celebration in Bangladesh.
FFA students carrying gigantic replicas of birds, fish, animals and other motifs take part in the procession, which is considered an expression of the secular identity of the Bangladeshi people.
The Mangal Shobha Jatra parade will start from the faculty premises at 9.00 am on the day and it will march through Shahbagh, Ruposhi Bangla intersection, TSC and then return to the faculty.
Tanmoy Debnath, an MA student of drawing and painting department and convener of the festival preparations committee, said this year the theme is ‘Mastok tulite dao ananta akashe.’
‘The current students, teachers and former students of the faculty are working together to make the big event a success,’ said Tanmoy Debnath.
Faculty of fine arts will hold a four-day cultural show too marking the Bengali New Year. On the eve of Pahela Baishakh, on April 13 evening, there will be Chaitra Sankranti programme at Bakultala of faculty of fine arts, while jatra shows will be held at the same venue on April 15 and 16.

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